cover of book

Play and the Human Condition
by Thomas S. Henricks
University of Illinois Press, 2015
Cloth: 978-0-252-03907-2 | Paper: 978-0-252-08068-5 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09705-8
Library of Congress Classification HQ782.H386 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.481

In Play and the Human Condition, Thomas Henricks brings together ways of considering play to probe its essential relationship to work, ritual, and communitas. Focusing on five contexts for play--the psyche, the body, the environment, society, and culture--Henricks identifies conditions that instigate play, and comments on its implications for those settings. Offering a general theory of play as behavior promoting self-realization, Henricks articulates a conception of self that includes individual and social identity, particular and transcendent connection, and multiple fields of involvement. Henricks also evaluates play styles from history and contemporary life to analyze the relationship between play and human freedom.
Imaginative and stimulating, Play and the Human Condition shows how play allows us to learn about our qualities and those of the world around us--and in so doing make sense of ourselves.

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